Toronto coffee shop and cannabis lifestyle brand Tokyo Smoke is heading to the Prairies. The chain, which sells traditional café fare alongside cannabis accessories, is opening a location in Calgary’s popular Beltline neighbourhood on December 7.
The Calgary location on 12 Avenue and 1 Street SW is the first shop for the brand outside of Ontario. Tokyo Smoke currently has four storefronts in Toronto (Bellwoods, Queen Street West, Little Portugal and Riverside) and plans to open more Canadian retail locations over the next two years in Toronto, Hamilton, Vancouver, Montreal, and Regina.
“Calgary is an ideal first city for our expansion for a few reasons,” said Alan Gertner, CEO and co-founder of Tokyo Smoke in a release. “The Prairies have been extremely receptive to Tokyo Smoke’s vision of creating beautiful retail and cannabis experiences. Calgary has been quite supportive of us since we launched over two years ago.”
Described as a “high-end lifestyle brand that brings sophistication and design to the cannabis space,” Tokyo Smoke was founded in 2015 by father and son team, Alan Gertner and Lorne Gertner. All locations feature full-service coffee bars and Tokyo Smoke branded gear that includes clothing, pricey collectibles, and unique merchandise. When Tokyo Smoke Beltline opens next month it will sell custom rolling papers by a local artist, and a brand-new custom ‘Prairie Pipe’ created by popular Alberta-based artisans Concrete Cat.
Canadian federal marijuana legislation is to be introduced in spring 2017 and if private retailers are able to sell cannabis, Tokyo Smoke would become one of Canada's first premium cannabis retailers.